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The Role of Locusta Diuretic Peptide in the Control of Post-Feeding Diuresis

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For more content, see Archives Néerlandaises de Zoologie (Vol 1-17) and Animal Biology (Vol 53 and onwards).

Locusta-diuretic peptide (Locusta-DP)-like immunoreactive material was detected throughout the locust central nervous system (CNS) and in associated neurohaemal organs. HPLC fractionation of brain and corpora cardiaca extracts showed that immunoreactive material co-eluted with the synthetic peptide and was biologically active. The presence of Locusta-DP in these tissues was confirmed by mass spectrometry. The peptide was shown to be released from corpora cardiaca, and could be detected in haemolymph of fed locusts. Antibodies raised against Locusta-DP(29-46) specifically blocked an increase in amaranth clearance by recently fed locusts, thereby demonstrating the role of Locusta-DP in the control or post-feeding diuresis.

Affiliations: 1: Department of Biology, Birkbeck College, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HX, UK


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